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RATINGS: 2143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Weíre brewers whose substantial mettle and idiomatic approach to brewing allows us to consistently create works of art such as this justifiably self righteous ale. Its bitterness hits our sweet spot. Its blackness lightens our hearts. Its liquid dichotomy pulls it all together in this sublimely sacrosanct ale. Yes, we damn well know our stuff here at Stone, and it would be irresponsible of us not to acknowledge how remarkable this heavenly creation of ours is. Thus the name we are compelled to give it ... Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale ... serves as a reminder of just how good we are, in both liquid and verbal form. We re certainly not perfect. Too often, we allow our modesty to get the best of us as we re simply not inclined towards senseless braggadocio. When youre good, youre good. And when you do something great, the least you can do is acknowledge it. Others benefit from knowing. In this case, we find that we are compelled to point out how amazing this beer is that we rightly call the Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale.

First brewed in 2007 as Stone 11th Anniversary Ale, this beer was an instant hit. With us. Other folks with great taste loved it too, but we were focused on how much we liked it, and we felt it was truly sublime. That euphoria didnt last long though, as it was soon replaced with the grim reality that when we sold out of it there wouldnt be any more. For Us. And that was simply unacceptable. So, we are now blessing ourselves, and you the enlightened, with this beer on a full time basis.. Thusly, you may now revel in your own self righteousness as you see fit with this glorious example of ours. You are genuinely welcome, as it is our pleasure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (653) - Pasadena, California, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Bomber. Iíve been looking forward to this beer since last years 10th. Stone wins again. This is very similar to what I tasted a while ago at the brewery, they called it Smokin Indian, maybe 80% IPA and 20% Porter. I make that mix often now and itís great. This 11th is very similar to that. Itís cool because for such a dark beer, it tastes like a clean strong IPA. Itís like a mix of Ruination and Porter. I like it. I bought a case and might go buy another one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2152) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 14, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2009 650ml bottle from Henry’s Market. Pours a deep dark coffee brown color with a khaki head that has plenty of lacing and fades very slowly. Aroma is pungent with hops, grapefruit, oranges and walnuts. Flavor is ripe with oranges, green cedar, burnt toast and bittersweet chocolate; all set in a biter hops backdrop. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with light but distinct carbonation. Finish is more biter-sweet chocolate and hops. This concoction tastes (to me) like a three-way cross between Arrogant Bastard, Ruination IPA and Smoked Porter. I love it. I may get a case to stash away, this should age very well. Wow

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Bottle split amongst my new friends at Julioís in MA (while shopping). Thanks guys! Poured deep brown, bordering black, light tan creamy head. Fresh hoppy nose of pine and cedar that sit on soft waves of roasted earthiness, citrus, and hints of ripe melon. Flavor was more of the same with loads of dark piney and fruity notes with a just touch of balancing malt sweetness. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry bitter finish. The color says porter, but the aroma and flavor say fantastic Stone IPA creation (again). Well done! Happy 11th...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (380) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Big hop smell with a slight pine scent. The head was large and creamy settling to a thin layer, light brown in color with excellent lacing. The body is dark, pours almost black. The initial flavor is hoppy finishes with a little alcohol but the malt in it gives a different taste, it finishes thick at the back of the tongue, itís nice just canít explain it. The body is light to medium, the texture watery to creamy and the carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Pours black with off white head. Aroma of hops and some sweet malt. Nice hop flavor balanced by sweet malt. Some pine and citrus hints throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Yes, this beer is actually pretty good. The appearance does not match the liquid in the glass. It smells like a lightly roasted, piney IPA with hints of chocolate, orange peal, and noticeable alcohol undertones. It tastes like a bitter strong ale with a nice malt backbone. As it warms, the alcohol definitely comes into the picture, but its rather tolerable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Padron4KM (540) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2007
22 oz bomber.
Dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head.

Aroma is piney, roasty and a slight wiff of alcohol.

Flavor is piney up-front, with some citrus, chocolate and dark fruits lurking around.

Finish is long and piney, but there is enough malt balance to keep it fom drying out.

This should age well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Pours black with a frothy brown head. Looks like an imp. stout. Strong pine and resinous hop aroma, with a definite malt backbone, but I canít quite make it out through the hops. Flavor fallows suit nicely with huge piny hops right upfront, then the malt fights itís way through the hops to reveal a bit of dark bakerís chocolate, a hint of dark berries, and then a bit of citrus towards the finish. Palate is full, smooth, piny, and mildly alcoholic. Very unique and oddly, but well balanced strong ale. Hops certainly dominate most of the flavor, but the focus is there

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is bursting of hops, also has hints of caramel, plum, floral and citrus. Flavor blends very well together (rather complex) with notes of Hops, malts, fruit, chocolate, toffee and pine. EXTREMELY GOOD beer, cant even detect the alcohol content. I was also surprised at how this beer could smell and taste so similar to an IPA, yet so much different: smoother & more body. Way to set the trend Stone !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2413) - California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2011 Into the monstrous Hoegaarden glass. Blackish pour, tan head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is huge PNW, with a very sweet and similar feel to Stone 10. Sticky, fruity, resinous hops. Dark malts are here, but play a minor role to the hops. Medium to light bodied, some alcohol as I found the body to be a tad light. Very sweet with some alcoholic hop kick at the end. Not much for malt complexity. In the end itís kinda hot, but I donít know if it has aging potential or not.

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